Things couldn’t have been going any smoother since Thomas Tuchel took charge at the end of January. Under the German’s stewardship, we built on the foundations put in place by Frank Lampard and went from strength to strength. We even managed to take on Man City in the league and FA Cup and beat them comprehensively.
Sadly, the bubble has burst a little bit after losing the FA Cup final to Leicester and stumbling over the line in the final stages of our quest for the top four. With the 2021/22 season only months away, will The Blues be title contenders like everyone assumed weeks ago, or will it harder than fans and pundits believe?
A Full Pre-Season (Sort of)
Tuchel has had less than six months to mould the team into his image, and he and his staff have done incredible things in a short period. The thing that makes this even more exciting for Chelsea fans is that we understand what he can do with a full pre-season ahead of him where the players can learn about his managerial style.
In many ways, he’ll have that because he will be able to plan ahead of 2021/22 with a solid base. After all, the gaffer should have enough cash to spend to bolster the squad in much-needed areas, like the centre of the defence. However, on the other side, we’re a side of world-class internationals, the majority of whom will spend the summer on international duty.
Every club will have the same problem, yet the fact that Tuchel doesn’t know his squad as well as the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, both of whom will inevitably dip into the transfer market, could backfire on us.
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The Premier League prides itself on being the most competitive domestic tournament in the world, which it has been on many occasions. But 2020/21 highlighted how several clubs have taken a backwards step, including Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool. Okay, Liverpool are expected to bounce back immediately, yet Spurs and Arsenal are in rebuilding phases.
Even Manchester United are missing pieces that will enable them to challenge City for the EPL trophy, and if they don’t invest well, which they haven’t recently, they could tumble down the pecking order.
For Chelsea, this presents an incredible opportunity to push on and turn the good work under Tuchel into silverware. At 5/1 in the Premier League betting stakes, the bookies seem to agree that this current Chelsea squad should benefit from a lack of competition now that the top six is morphing back into a top-four.
Riding a Wave
Confidence in football is all about momentum, and we have the biggest chance to turn the tide in our favour by beating Man City in the final of the Champions League final. Sure, we’re considered the 7/4 outsiders since Pep Guardiola’s men have been outstanding after losing to Leicester early on in the season.
Still, it’s only a two-horse race, so it’s not as if we can’t prove everyone wrong. We’ve already done it and have the wood over City as a result, meaning they’ll feel the pressure not to lose to us again. Of course, if we don’t lift Ol’ Big Ears, the guys could be deflated heading into the new campaign as their confidence levels will be at rock bottom.
There’s a lot to be positive about regarding Chelsea moving forward under a top-quality manager such as Tuchel. However, we can’t deny we’ve been poor recently and losing the Champions League could intensify matters.
Let’s see what happens and hope that we turn up to the final game of the season while also investing smartly in the transfer market and giving our boys time to react to a new way of working.